Summer 2010 —

Under Gregory Cerio’s guidance, Modern – a pretty new magazine- edges its way onwards with an authoritative voice. Even more clearly than before, this issue highlights that its focus in on connoisseurship; not snobbery, but the effortless assurance that when you pick up Modern, you’ll learn something from people who really know their stuff. As a result, there are a series of delightful discoveries to be made, not because it indulges in obscurity, but because the knowledgeable editorial staff at Modern have chosen to highlight perhaps neglected creators rather than the usual stadium fillers.

Central to the issue is Beatrice V. Thornton’s feature article on Renaissance man Jan Yoors who single-handedly updated the medieval craft of tapestry and was recognised as one of the great late twentieth century masters of the discipline until his early death in 1977. Thornton’s article focuses on his fascinating life that included running away with gypsies at the age of twelve and running guns for the resistance during the Second World War. Also of note is the article in which leading curators highlight one favourite piece from the collection in their care and Jeffrey Head’s article on the Brody House, a triumph of 1950’s elegance in L.A.

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    Haus Beautiful Dining With Architects A Machine For Living Bohemian Rhapsody L.A. Threeway The South That Rose Again Behind The Numbers Voices Designer Spotlight New Sensations Going Forward Curators Eye Current Thinking
    Editor –
    Gregory Cerio
    Editorial Director –
    Elizabeth Pochoda
    Art Director –
    Kay Douglas & Tom Voss
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Our Take —

It had to happen sooner or later and there must be a lot of publishers kicking themselves for not having got there first. Modern is a perfectly simple and simply perfect concept. The world is full of people who love old things that haven’t quite reached the official definition of an antique. Rather conveniently, that alleged 100 years that defines an antique also currently roughly corresponds to the period that design culture considers the Modern period.

Focusing on furniture, objets d’art, applied arts and architecture, Modern is a magazine that is an obvious resource for the collector of ‘the modern’; from the perfect chair to the ultimate modernist ceramics. But the great thing about this title is that it’s a good read and eye candy for even those who, though vehemently interested in the styles of yesteryear, might unfortunately be outside of the shopping bracket of much of the work covered. On the whole, Modern focuses on the high-achievers of the past; those whose designs were always within the luxury end of the market, even in their own time. With a new generation of collectors for whom frou-frou styles of the nineteenth century strike less of a chord than sleek lines, it’s easy to see why the title has got off to a booming start.

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